Journalism & Public Relations
Welcome to the CSULB Department of Journalism & Public Relations. We are home to 40 faculty and staff dedicated to excellence in media education. JPR programs are accredited by the ACEJMC and we offer four academic options: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, a Minor in Journalism and a Minor in Public Relations.
The department is excited to welcome students back to in-person classes this semester. As we slowly and safely get used to on-campus instruction again, we’ll continue to offer a mix of in-person and remote/Zoom advising. Check here for adviser availability. Meanwhile, Dr. Madeleine Liseblad, an award-winning educator and journalism historian, joins the tenure-track faculty ranks as JPR’s newest assistant professor, and three JPR alumni return to the Beach this semester as JPR lecturers: Isis Roberts, Kyusung Gong, and Jay Seidel. Professor Seidel will teach drone storytelling and aerial newsgathering, the first course of its kind in the California State University system. Welcome, Professors Seidel, Gong, Roberts and Liseblad!
Spring 2020 got off to a thrilling start when we learned that JPR alumna Asjia Garner, class of 2019, joined First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s communications staff. The semester ended with equally exciting news when the CSULB Bateman Team won the premiere collegiate public relations competition in the country. Samantha Troisi, Alyssa Canales, Shani Crooks, Giselle Ormeno and David Rowe’s win for their CivilityLB campaign was the second Bateman case study crown for JPR in three years, signaling the quality of our program and the caliber of our amazing public relations students. Earlier in spring, students organized JPR Day. The JPR Day “Art of Modern Freelancing” theme was a hit, and we had record journalism and mass communication honor society Kappa Tau Alpha sign-ups and record attendance for department awards held over Zoom.